Meta FOI Request for Amherst

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Amherst Town Clerk of Amherst, MA.


From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

I'm a journalist working on a possible piece about Freedom of Information Law.

Pursuant to the state Freedom of Information Act, G.L.M. c.4, €7,
clause 26th, I hereby request copies of records on Freedom of
Information Act filings in Amherst. Specifically, I am looking for:

Documentation on how many requests were filed in 2009.
The resolution (approved, denied) of those requests.
The names of the requesting individuals and/or organizations.

Ideally, I would like the cover-letter responses by Amherst to FOIL
requests submitted in 2009, which I believe would include all of the
above information. I agree to pay reasonable search and duplication
fees for the processing of this request in an amount not to exceed

In the event that fees do exceed $10, I would be grateful if you would
inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I
would prefer the request filled electronically, but hard copies are
acceptable if more convenient.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.
I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10
business days, as the statute requires.


Michael Morisy
185 Beacon St. #3
Somerville, MA 02143

Daytime: (857) 488- 3081

From: Clerk Department of Amherst

[See Attached Document]

Hi Michael,

We lost our power yesterday so couldn't get back to you right away, but I've just gone through my records and if I photocopy the requests (2 per page as they're on half sheets), it'll come out to 13 copies. We charge 20 cents per copy, so that would total $2.60. Then we'd add our time into that figure at $21.00/hr, and between the time I took already searching and the time it would take to photocopy, it should run no more than 15 minutes ($5.25). Therefore, total cost to you would be $7.85. If this is acceptable, please mail a check payable to "Town of Amherst" to: Town Clerk, 4 Boltwood Ave, Amherst, MA 01002, Attention: Susan Audette. Also please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

If for some reason you'd like each request on its own page, then the 13 pages would become 26 at $5.20, making the total $10.45.

Have a great holiday weekend!